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Minor earthquake hits southern Utah

Magnitude 3 earthquake hit Garfield County

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The town of Panguitch at sunrise, Aug. 12, 2021.

A minor earthquake shook parts of southern Utah on Friday morning.

At about 6:40 a.m., the magnitude 3 earthquake struck, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was centered about eight miles west of Panguitch in Garfield County.

A small earthquake, for residents living nearby, feels like a sharp jolt followed by some sharp shakes, according to USGS. Farther away, it may only feel like small shakes.

People who felt the earthquake are encouraged to report it on the USGS website.

Earthquake strength is rated using the Richter scale, with 10 being the strongest earthquakes.

More than a year and a half ago, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck centered around Magna and rumbling Salt Lake County as a whole. That earthquake caused millions of dollars of damage in one of the most densely populated parts of the state.


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